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A recent conversation with a Christian Scientist brought out the fact that support of our periodicals includes writing testimonies and articles. When I considered that I have been a student of Christian Science for about twenty years, and have received help many times from reading the testimonies and articles in our literature, I saw that I had failed, by withholding expression of my appreciation, to pay a proper debt of gratitude to God.
I cannot begin to enumerate all the healings and blessings it has been my privilege to experience. A few healings, however, stand out as beacon lights. On a New Year's Eve over nineteen years ago, my wife and I stepped out of the house of the friends we had been visiting to find that the temperature had dropped exceedingly. As we walked I felt a click in one of my ears. I stopped and asked my wife if she knew what frostbite was, and at that moment I felt a similar click in my other ear. My wife looked at me and exclaimed, "Your ears are frozen." Immediately I mentally denied the testimony of the material senses and affirmed man's likeness to Spirit, God. We walked to a near-by hotel and took a cab home. I was scheduled to give a musical program at three o'clock the following afternoon. At nine in the morning both ears had become distended and swollen. I called a Christian Science practitioner, and she assured me that I would be in my right place that afternoon. By two-thirty the ears had become normal in shape, all discomfort had ceased, and the healing was complete. I gave my program as planned.
Recently, when the pilot light of our gas water heater went out, I tried to relight it. There was an explosion, and tongues of flame shooting out burned my hand. The sense of pain was extreme. I went to the telephone to call for help, but was unable to reach a practitioner. Then the thought came to me, This is an opportunity to prove what you profess, the truth of Christian Science. I had my wife read aloud the current week's Lesson-Sermon from the Christian Science Quarterly. Then I worked with the ninety-first Psalm, and with the paragraph from Science and Health on page 495 beginning: "When the illusion of sickness or sin tempts you, cling steadfastly to God and His idea." Later the children came in and sang Mrs. Eddy's hymns. I joined with them, and as we sang the hymn beginning, "O gentle presence, peace and joy and power" (Poems, p. 4), I suddenly had a clear understanding of the nothingness of the lying senses. I experienced healing and the "peace ... which passeth all understanding." From that moment there was no more pain, and in a few days new flesh, scarless, formed where the burns had been.
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Coming to Land
HAZEL HARPER BRANDNER
Light on World Affairs
Man Immune from Contagion
The Sacrament's Lesson
E. LILIAS MCINTYRE
Tradition versus Inspiration
RICHARD P. VERRALL
"Come with me to a Christian Science lecture"
AGNES E. HEDENBERGH
Surrendering False Selfhood
The Sixth Beatitude
JAMES MONTEITH ERSKINE
My Precious Books
ELLSWORTH W. AUSTIN
The Lighted Torch
Gems and Pebbles
Paul Stark Seeley
While engaged in public school...
Millie Fox Clifford
In the twelfth chapter of Isaiah...
Carrie S. Smith
I wish to express my gratitude...
A recent conversation with a...
Igor I. Geffen
Christian Science has brought...
Margaret A. Richardson
The privilege of attending the...
Doris Hill Wilson
With deep gratitude to God I...
"In my Father's house"
MARY STONE WALLACE
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Arthur H. Compton, L. B. Ashby, Howard Carey, C. Moore